Backyard features such as ponds and beauty to landscaping as well as attract beneficial insects and animals. The small Koi pond above also adds the soothing sound of a small waterfall. This is one of my favorite places to get away and relax from the everyday stresses of life.
Caution- One word of advice from someone who has experienced it; ponds also attract children. Please build ponds in places where children don't have immediate access. Common sense tells us. even small amounts of water can pose danger of droning.
As stated above, my first pond was the thick mil plastic type. I had placed it in front of my new home under a palm tree. It was a beautiful small picturesque oasis. One day while coming home from my 9 to 5 I discovered two young boys fishing out goldfish with a small net. I couldn't have laughed harder. I thought their initiative was admirable but I couldn't help think of the chance of a tragic accident. Within a few days I covered this pond and set my sites on a new one in my gates yard.